Jeremie Frimpong has been “one of the outstanding players” for Celtic this season, according to Alex McLeish.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers manager believes the 19-year-old is “settling into the demands of a huge club”.
Frimpong has featured in all but one of the Hoops games this season and is set for increased game time with the injury of James Forrest.
Neil Lennon confirmed this week that the 29-year-old will miss at least two weeks of action with an ankle injury meaning he will miss the Old Firm derby against Rangers on 17th October.
The Hoops’ boss has used a 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks with Forrest and Frimpong sharing the right wing-back role.
However, with the Scottish international now out for an extended period of time the youngster is expected to step up.
Asked by Football Insider whether he believes Frimpong has the qualities to fill Forrest’s place, McLeish said: “I’ve not seen anything wrong with Frimpong’s game.
“He looks the part, he’s got good pace and he’s now settling into the demands of a huge club.
“Frimpong has been one of the outstanding players.
“He’s a player that adds pace to the team and for all intents and purpose is a really good defender as well.”
Frimpong has started both of the games that Forrest has already missed with his ankle injury.
He’s played a total of 11 games across all competitions for the Hoops this season, scoring once and providing two assists.
Since joining the Bhoys last summer from Manchester City the Dutchman has played 30 times in all competitions.